About Baja California

Before becoming a state in 1953, the area was known as the North Territory of Baja California. It has an area of 70,113 km2 (27,071 sq mi), or 3.57% of the land mass of Mexico and comprises the northern half of the Baja California peninsula, north of the 28th parallel. The state is bordered on the west by the Pacific Ocean, on the east by Sonora, the U.S. State of Arizona, and the Gulf of California (also known as the Sea of Cortez), and on the south by Baja California Sur. Its northern limit is the U.S. state of California.

The state has a population of 2,844,469 (2005 census), and estimated 3,165,776 (June 2009) much more than the sparsely populated Baja California Sur to the south, and similar to San Diego County, California on its north. Over 75% of the population lives in the capital city, Mexicali, in Ensenada, or in Tijuana. Other important cities include San Felipe, Rosarito and Tecate.

Baja California is where it all began, our visit to Tecate in 1999 started us on our path. We began working with the city of Tecate and the Bomberos from around the state. We have been working to bring agencies representing millions of citizens in the State together for more collaborative training and operations. Where borders were distinct and rarely crossed there is now more mutual assistance and development of resources. 

In 2009, we began working with the group Bomberos De San Diego, a group of San Diego Fire firefighters that work in the area doing similar work. We partnered to bring training to Tecate initially and eventually worked in Tijuana Bomberos and were able to organize regional training at both Tecate and Tijuana inviting bomberos from around the area. Today, being one of the largest Cities in Mexico,  we regularly rely on these Bomberos to assist us in our training.

Tecate 2009 Mission Day 2

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We left Steve’s house this morning after a high fiber breakfast and headed for Placerville CA to pick up some donated equipment from El Dorado County Station 23.  Thank you Captain Allen Littlejohn for helping us load the truck in the snow. Yes...

Tecate 2009 Mission Day 1

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So day 1 of Baja Mexico 2009 is officially underway.  We left Gig Harbor Fire Station 51 at Midnight on Friday and drove straight through to Sacramento arriving on Saturday at about 4:00pm.  The truck and trailer are working great except...

Final Prep for Tecate 2009 Mission

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Tomorrow at 0000 midnite 4 firefighters from Washington state will be heading off with a 16′ trailer filled with donated fire and medical equipment destined for the northern Baja Mexico. Included in the donated equipment is a complete Phoenix...

Day 8 Leaving San Diego

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After a great night at the Ball Park (Padres Lost) and some new friends we headed out early to meet Marcello at Station 19 San Diego to drop off the 3 extension and two roof ladders. He will be contacting Carlo who was our primary interpreter in...

Mission Day 6

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The weather is starting off great this morning. Sun is out and we are excited to begin. After getting our Coffee and Panaderia we get to the central station to meet our friends from Bomberos of San Diego, Marcello Decasas, Arlo Nieto, Omar Saucedo...

Mission Day 7

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In the morning we went to the Cadbury Schwepps facility for a breakfast and presentation on their operations. Wow what an operation, we learned they ship to all of  North America from that facility, in the heart of Tecate.

After returning to...

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